Celebrating the "Project in the Community" Work Scheme

16 December 2022

On Tuesday, 13 December Tararua Alliance hosted an Open Day to celebrate the Project in the Community work Scheme that has been running this year.

The scheme has been funded by MSD who provided the wages of a group of men and women working on numerous jobs alongside Tararua Alliance teams. They have been involved in various jobs across the district from clearing walkways, to traffic control for the roadworks teams. The scheme was run alongside a group of students from UCOL who were also working alongside Tararua Alliance.

The open day allowed candidates of the programmes to have a turn on some heavy machinery and equipment that they may not otherwise have a chance to use. It was a great day had by all followed by a BBQ with attendees from Tararua Alliance, Tararua District Council and UCOL. The open day was a way to celebrate the success of the programs and provide more opportunity to the participants in the programs.

Tony Figgess of the Tararua Alliance works with the men and women and says "this work scheme provides a great chance to support people looking for work, while at the same time getting jobs done that improve elements of the district". Tararua Alliance Delivery Manager Matt Erard says; "this work scheme is a win to the people participating, in growing their skills, knowledge and experience, as well as a win to the districts communities."

This year there were four intakes of the program which ran for 12 weeks at a time. Mark Maxwell, Council's group manager for Economic and Community Development says "the vast majority of the earlier crews have been supported into permanent work as a result of the project."

The participants of the program have enjoyed their time working with Tararua Alliance and are hopeful to gain full time employment with them in the New Year when positions become available.